Take your children for a visit to the 64 acre Pendleton King Park (pendletonkingpark.com), a bird sanctuary that is made up of marshes, forests and sand ridges. You can take a hike on the nature trails or bring along your bikes. Or, head over to Phinizy Swamp Nature Park (naturalsciencesacademy.org). Covering 1,100 acres, this nature park has trails and boardwalks that wind through the property, giving visitors the opportunity to spot wildlife, such as otters, blue heron and alligators. Step into the visitor center to grab a souvenir for the kids.
Take your kids bowling at AMF Masters Lanes (amf.com/masterslanes), where you'll find 24 bowling lanes, as well as billiard tables and an arcade area with an assortment of games. You can also go for a day of fun at Adventure Crossing (adventure-crossing.com). Inside this fun park, your children can play arcade games, a game of laser tag, hit some baseballs in the batting cages or enjoy a friendly game of miniature golf. There's also a go-kart track, carousel, roller coaster and children's carnival rides.
Learn more about Augusta's history by paying a visit to the Augusta Museum of History (augustamuseum.org). Exhibits include Augusta's Story with artifacts and information about the area dating back to when Native Americans lived there and Canteens to Combat Boots, where your children can see items from World War I to Vietnam, including gear, rifles and uniforms. Take your kids to one of the Augusta branches of the East Central Georgia Regional Library System (ecgrl.org) for some free children's activities. Younger children can enjoy one of the story times that stories, music, finger plays and craft projects. Older children can enjoy movie times, workshops, craft days and special guest appearances such as a magician.
Parks and Recreation
Check out all that the Augusta Parks and Recreation Departments have to offer. Your children can join sports teams, like T-ball, baseball, soccer, football and cheerleading or attend a day camp, including Blythe's End of School Camp or Blythes' Masters Camp, for children ages 4 to 12. You could also take your kids to some of the parks across the city. The Augusta Riverwalk (no website; Reynolds Street, Augusta; 706-821-1754) provides spectacular views of the river, has gorgeous gardens and a large children's playground. Sand Hills Community Center and Park (no website; 2540 Wheeler Road, Augusta; 706-842-1912) has a playground, picnic area, walking trails and a community building with activities, like crafts and game days.
Augusta’s Morris Museum of Art offers galleries for teenage artists to tour, and it conducts classes and workshops to develop young artists’ skills. Each month, the museum holds Artrageous! Family Sunday with events and presentations designed for the whole family to enjoy. At Augusta Museum of History, teens can “hunt for history” with a scavenger hunt that varies based on the age of the participant. The Augusta Canal National Heritage Center features a discovery center at Enterprise Mill to teach visitors about how Augusta used its waterways to shape its future. The center’s exhibits include a hydroelectric demonstration turbine and exhibits highlighting important periods in the canal’s history.
The Family Y of Greater Augusta offers sports programs for teens at several locations around the city, including pools and fitness centers. The Y also operates Teen Achievers Program, providing activities that help teens focus on study skills, community service, financial management and other adult skills. At Red Wing Rollerway, teens can skate to a laser light show and video screens, and the rink even has wireless Internet to keep teens entertained. At the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center, teens can participate in programs by Upward Sports, an organization that teaches teens skills they need for sports and life.
Augusta offers teens and families opportunities to enjoy nature with various activities. At Reed Creek Nature Park, teens can learn nature photography skills or enjoy an outdoor movie night with their families. The park also offers wilderness survival training and other classes that teach teens about the natural environment. Teens looking for a more active nature experience can take kayak tours of the Savannah River through Cole Watkins Tours. The tours include a kayak, life jacket, paddle and delivery to the launch location, or families can rent kayaks without a tour guide.
Teen sports fans can enjoy watching one of Augusta’s professional sports teams. The Augusta GreenJackets, a minor league baseball team, play at Lake Olmstead Stadium. The team hosts many special event nights throughout their summer season, including fireworks at Independence Day and Super Splash Day where the stadium becomes a water park. Augusta’s hockey team, the Augusta RiverHawks, play at the Augusta Ice Sports Center. The team is part of the Southern Professional Hockey League, playing games throughout the winter months.